Daemon Voices by Philip Pullman

Daemon Voices

From the international best-selling author of the His Dark Materials Trilogy, a spellbinding journey into the secrets of his art—the narratives that have shaped his vision, his experience of writing, and the keys to mastering the art of storytelling.One of the most highly acclaimed and best-selling authors of our time now gives us a book that charts the history of his own enchantment with story—from his own books to those of Blake, Milton, Di...

Details Daemon Voices

TitleDaemon Voices
Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherKnopf Publishing Group
GenreNonfiction, Language, Writing, Essays

Reviews Daemon Voices

  • Bettie☯
    Description: Essays on Storytelling. In over 30 essays, written over 20 years, one of the world's great story-tellers meditates on story-telling. Warm, funny, generous, entertaining, and above all, deeply considered, they offer thoughts on a wide variety of topic, including the origin and composition of Philip's own stories, the craft of writing and the story-tellers who have meant the most to him. The art of story-telling is everywhere present i...
  • Sebastien Castell
    Daemon Voices, Phillip Pullman’s collection of essays on storytelling, philosophy, and society, appears at first glance to be a simple aggregation of a number of his previous talks and articles. It’s only when you reach the end, to his piece on The Republic of Heaven, that what he’s been building up to all along (perhaps over the entire course of his writing career), becomes clear: the role of stories in building a society rich in myth and ...
  • Darcy Moore
    Philip Pullman’s Dæmon Voices – Essays on Storytelling is pleasurable reading for English teachers, students, writers and anyone who loves stories. Best known for the trilogy, His Dark Materials, Pullman has a deep, highly practical understanding of what it takes to craft a story to delight both novice and experienced teachers of writing. His obvious affection for other storytellers, the ones who have meant the most to him, further illuminat...
  • Laura
    From BBC Radio 4 Extra:In these personal, entertaining and deeply thoughtful essays, Philip Pullman examines the art of storytelling.Written over a period of 30 years, they reflect on a wide range of topics including the origins of his own stories, the practice of writing and the storytellers who have most inspired him.Today's essay reveals how his days at Oxford in the sixties provided the inspiration for the setting of His Dark Materials.Adapte...
  • Carmilla Voiez
    A beautiful book about writing. The hardback version has colour plates at the centre and is exquisitely bound. It contains lectures and articles by Pullman about books and writing. There’s considerable repetition because these talks and essays were intended for different audiences, but rather than becoming boring, the repeated points help to reinforce important and recurring themes. Taken as a whole it is a feel good read for aspiring and accom...
  • Miss Bookiverse
    The book proposes, the reader questions; the book responds, the reader considers. (p. 416)I love reading non-fiction about the craft of storytelling and the relationship between author and reader, especially from such a talented, intelligent individual as Philip Pullman. I don't agree with all of his views (especially on the merit of fantasy books) and some of his musings went over my head, but I enjoyed the majority of these extremely well writt...
  • BookishWordish
    The good: almost everything!! As usual, Pullman writes with passion and clarity. It's obvious that he is deeply interested in a broad range of subjects, from science to art to storytelling to religion. He is very explicitly interested & invested in humanity, and what brings joy and meaning to life, and he is certainly determined to celebrate the real and inhabited physical world.Some of the most reoccurring subjects include: William Blake; childr...
  • Ali-pie
    This is quite readable and has some interesting ideas and insights. However Pullman contradicts himself a lot and has strong opinions on subjects that aren't his area of expertise. He should probably be more aware of his white privilege in places too. Pullman says himself that his talent seems to lie in fantasy (though he's snooty about genre fiction) and I agree that he should probably stick to that. His Dark Materials is a masterpiece. I'm a bi...
  • Mathew
    It is difficult to try and get into the mind of a writer and wonder how the pieces of the jigsaw, which will later become a story, a play or an essay all fit together but what we have here is one author’s contemplation on what it is to write, why write what does he and where his fascination with what he writes all stems from. It is a highly accomplished autobiographical map of his literary mind and it tells us much of Pullman’s beliefs with r...
  • Kieran Fanning
    Finally finished this well written and beautifully made compendium of essays on storytelling. I found some of them a little dull and irrelevant, but there are also some gems in here. Will appeal to anyone with an interest in children's literature. 4 stars.
  • Charlotte Burt
    Much more scholarly than I was expecting with frequent references to William Blake and Milton. I learned a lot
  • Big Al
    Really delightful compilation. Sometimes Pullman gets a bit cranky (e.g. throwing shade at the entire genre of fantasy EXCEPT for his own works within the genre...) and long-winded, but for the most part he is a charming companion. Pullman has a simple style, but he shares some valuable ideas in this collection about storytelling, education, and the nature of consciousness itself (!). I quite enjoyed reading his thoughts on subjects he is passion...
  • Sara
    Oh Philip Pullman, you might be my favorite philosopher. While some exact sentences and ideas repeat themselves a few times throughout this collection of essays about writing, reading, education, and morality each essay really is its own perfectly written piece. They are almost like sermons the way they are constructed, but obviously humanist sermons, not religious ones.
  • Marina
    La mirada de Pullman sobre la escritura es muy consciente e interesante, aunque pesadamente (en ocasiones y en ciertos artículos) marcada por su ¿ideología? ¿Ateísmo? De todos modos, cuando se supera la pesadez, se descubren cosas muy interesantes.
  • Jane
    We all know Philip Pullman can write. But come on. This compendium of essays by him is heavy sledding. Not his fault - I think the editors decided, "let's put every essay Pullman ever wrote in one book, no matter if they're repetitive." I expected to find his complete shopping lists in the next chapter, or his phone pad doodles. This is not for reading in bed: doze off and you might end up with a bloody nose as the book slips from your hands. All...
  • Andrew
    'How do you know but ev'ry Bird that cuts the airy wayIs an immense world of delight, clos'd by your senses five?'- William Blake (p.456)In delving into this - often inspirational, mostly entertaining - assortment of talks, speeches, justifications, laudations, blurbs and - most importantly, to Pullman - stories, it seems I chose that childlike criterion, unbeknown to me, of 'sortes Virgilianae, the old custom of bibliomancy' (p.170), and dove in...
  • Eyehavenofilter
    In over 30 essays over the course of 20 years one of the worlds great story tellers mediates on story tellers. Warm, funny, generous, and above all deeply considered offering thoughts on a wide variety of topics. He truly is a wordsmith, crafting the right combination of words and ideas.It is a must for any writer, who wants to understand the craft. His vivid imagery and striking phrases are imbedded in the story telling history of our souls. Rea...
  • Nick Swarbrick
    I’m not giving up on this - the collection of essays is a delight- but I’m reading it piecemeal and I am not at all sure “set aside” is right either. This is a book to ponder and dip into for me. Just not sure Goodreads really is the forum that does it justice.
  • Jai
    has some great points re: the writing process, and a moral & religious perspective that I more or less agree with, but these things are occasionally overshadowed by Pullman’s self-importance.
  • Nina Milton
    Philip Pullman has been busy writing – in October he released two new books. The first is the beginning of a new series which will be a sort of prequel to His Dark Materials. The second, released on 26 October, is his first non-fiction work, Daemon voices. You may have been listening to this on BBC Radio Four, where it has been adapted into five fifteen minute readings as Book of the Week, still available on iPlayer. (You can find the programme...
  • T.R. Cross
    I will admit to a bit of disappointment when I started this book. I had thought it a memoir by Pullman with an emphasis on his storytelling. In actuality, it is a curated series of articles, lectures, and essays that all deal with his views of literature, art, storytelling, fairy tales, God, Dust, and far too much to innumerate here. Despite my early disappointment, I found myself enjoying it quite a lot. His work has had a seriously profound imp...
  • Ginny Kaczmarek
    Great peek into the mind of a marvelous author. This collection of essays is charming, deep, smart, and educational, answering the questions of many fans--where do you get your ideas?--and offering craft-based and inspiration-based tips for writers. I enjoyed it on both levels, glimpsing the thought process behind elements of His Dark Materials and coming away with concrete reminders for my own writing (don't stray from the Path!). Also appreciat...
  • Boze Herrington
    The best book I read on writing this year is a collection of essays by noted atheist and Golden Compass author Philip Pullman, whose humanistic sensibilities and incorrigible enthusiasm for art and literature make him an endearing ally. Pullman likes to say he was raised on the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer, and although he’s no longer a Christian, that Anglican sensibility seeps into his writing, at times making him sound more like C. S....
  • Jamie Orsini
    Fans of Philip Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy will enjoy Daemon Voices, a compilation of the author's speeches, essays, and articles on the craft of storytelling. Pullman's work spans over 20 years and covers wide-ranging themes like education, religion, and science. At the heart of each speech or essay, though, are Pullman's thoughts on stories - how we tell them and how they shape us. You need not be a Pullman aficionado to enjoy this collect...
  • Kim
    An interesting and informative collection of lectures and essays given by the author over the years - especially interesting were those explaining the basis and/or motivations of his various literary works, including His Dark Materials and The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. A lovely-looking book for the shelves too - pity I had to borrow this one from the library! - 8.5/10.
  • Mary Anne
    Wonderfully intelligent discussion of literature, history, religion, and everything else. This is a collection of various talks Pullman has given over the years. I only wish I had been at the talks themselves, but this is better than not having them at all.
  • Jeffrey Schwartz
    Throughout this wonderful, wise, and witty book about storytelling, Pullman exhorts his readers (and listeners, since many of these essays were originally delivered as lectures) to "increase the amount of consciousness in the universe." His book DAEMON VOICES does just that. There isn't a page in this nearly 500-page book isn't without passion or insight or humor or poetry. DAEMON VOICES is a powerful statement about what is to be human and what ...
  • Kevin Hodgson
    Interesting insightful views into storytelling ... a bit too erudite at times, but maybe that’s just me ...
  • Aimée
    4.5 stars